Circuit breaker simulated operation & behaviour under faulted power system conditions

Wentworth, B. (2016) Circuit breaker simulated operation & behaviour under faulted power system conditions. [USQ Project]

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The rapid increase in electrical demand and supply reliability for both domestic and industrial use throughout the modern world provides a set of unique challenges for supply authorities. It is not only paramount that the ever increasing supply and reliability demands are met but also environmental and cost concerns are addressed.

It has been proven that single pole tripping and reclosure schemes implemented on EHV (Extra High Voltage) transmission lines greatly aid in both supply availability and reli- ability. However, it is obvious that such schemes will greatly increase the complexity to both the primary and secondary systems. Subsequently, it is clear that the behaviour of the primary network under single pole operation must be extensively modelled to enable adequate protection and control by secondary protection systems.

Throughout the following study a technique for determining the maximum fault duration on a transmission network that incorporates single pole tripping has been developed. Fur- ther to this, investigations into accurate modelling of the physical network particularly pertaining to the fault arc that will be seen inside an EHV circuit breaker when open- ing under faulted network conditions has been undertaken. These techniques have been utilised to produce a specific maximum fault duration of 57ms for an example case study; subsequent circuit breaker failure times were then developed for a number of protection devices.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Major Power Engineering project
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Ahfock, Tony
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2017 02:18
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 02:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: circuit breaker; simulated operation; faulted power system conditions; electrical demand; supply reliability; domestic and industrial use; transmission network; fault arc; EHV circuit breaker; protection devices
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090601 Circuits and Systems
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4008 Electrical engineering > 400801 Circuits and systems

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